Yucatan’s Gringolandia

Cancun has always left a bad taste in my mouth. Even though it is so close to my home, I avoided it for many years because of the horrible reputation it had for drunken frat boys and over-developed beachfront property. In fact, it is so full of North Americans tanning their pasty white bodies that it has earned the nickname, Gringolandia amongst locals.

Cancun is the largest city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Applying faulty logic to this geographic fact, I naturally assumed that the rest of the Yucatan is as crowded and gross as Cancun.

I was wrong.

At least that’s what the fine folks at Outside Magazine are telling us.

This month’s issue features a rather detailed article dispelling the Yucatan myth of ruined beach land. There is plenty of white sand and isolation, the article claims, as long as you know where to look.

And now that such secrets are in print, everyone else knows where to find these gems and will collective march upon the pristine lands and soil their beauty with banana boats and beer bongs.

Damn those travel writers!